International Energy Agency held successful annual meeting on photovoltaic energy in Chile
- Representatives from 15 countries attended the annual meeting of IEA’s Photovoltaic Energy Systems Program Task 1
- The participants made an identification mission to the Antofagasta Region
Representatives from over 15 countries came to the Antofagasta Region to take part in the annual meeting on the Photovoltaic Energy Systems Program (PVPS) Task 1 from the International Energy Agency (IEA), which aims at strengthening international collaboration to facilitate the role of photovoltaic solar energy as a cornerstone in the transition to sustainable energy systems.
The representatives also attended the Chilean Scientific Conference ENERSOL 2017, which is held every year in Antofagasta, and visited the Atacama Desert to experience the conditions endured by the photovoltaic projects in the area. “Chile has a huge solar resource and therefore it is only natural to use this energy. It also has a mining industry that can make use of clean energy,” said Izumi Kaizuka, director of the Japanese corporation RTS.
The participants agreed that Chile has the best conditions in the world to continue developing photovoltaic energy. “There is a tremendous potential and a great opportunity for the country to accelerate the energy transition. It would be a shame to miss out on the incredible opportunity granted by the extremely abundant solar resource in the North of the country,” said Gaetan Masson, IEA-PVPS Task 1 operating agent.
IEA-PVPS Task 1 aims at promoting and facilitating the exchange and dissemination of information on technical, economic, environmental, and social aspects of photovoltaic energy systems. The activities of Task 1 are in line with the PVPS’s goals, such as contributing to reduce the cost of photovoltaic energy applications, raise awareness of the potential and value of photovoltaic energy systems, and encourage the elimination of technical and non-technical barriers.
This year, Chile became one of the 31 countries participating in IEA-PVPS. For the Chilean authorities, hosting the annual meeting confirms the international interest in our country’s solar energy. “Chile is recognised around the world as a powerhouse in the field of solar energy. Hosting these meetings shows that the world is watching what we are doing to develop a solar industry,” said Rodrigo Mancilla, Executive Director of CORFO’s Solar Committee.
The attendees analysed the experience of the Chilean electricity market, which has no subsidies, as well as the progress made on each of the participant countries. Malaysia will host the next meeting of IEA-PVPS Task 1 to show the management model that allowed this country to become a producer of photovoltaic cells and modules. It was also analysed how the market is leaning towards distributed generation and integrated applications for building construction (BIPV) under Europe’s leadership and vehicles (PV in transportation) led by Japan.
The meeting ended with a technical visit to the Jama Solar Farm in the municipality of Calama, which has the largest capacity factor worldwide.